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Between Tours & Orleans

Between Tours & Orleans

You could argue that this little section of Heaven boasts the finest collection of chateaux anywhere in the world.  It’s superb for wine as well with Sancerre, Vouvray and Touraine tempting you at every corner.  However, it’s a little weak of golf in the immediate vicinity but be ready to drive 45 minutes or so and you’ve got two of the finest courses in France & Europe and three pleasant designs in gorgeous surroundings.
Every golfer should have heard of Les Bordes.  It’s mythical and very private.  However, we can get you on if your wallet is pretty thick.  Another brilliant course is Les Aisses which is far more open to visitors and offers superb value for money.  Cheverny is a fun course with the chateau in the background and there are three inexpensive courses to the east and south of Orleans.

Chateau-wise, you can’t bet Chateau Chambord.   Designed by Leonardo da Vinci and built by 1800 labourers, the chateau was started in 1519 and completed 150 years later.  It’s breathtaking from every aspect and angle.   Chateau de Blois dates from a 9th-century fortress and has seen sensational skulduggery.  Today, after 20 years of renovations, it’s one for the best chateau visits in France.  Chateau d’Amboise is owned by the Comte de Paris, a direct descendant of France’s last royal line.  It shows the Italian design influence over the French royal court to the finest level.  Chateau de Chenonceau is often rated as the loveliest of all the Loire chateaux.  Typically Renaissance, it’s ornate and, uniquely, stretches out over 200ft over the Loire River.

I also like Chateau Bourdaisiere just on the south-east tip of Tours: there’s a cosy feel to the place and the gardens are superb. The best of the vineyards and cellars to the east of Tours are  Domaine Henri Bourgeois in Sancerre, Le Clos du Tue-Boeuf which is a 10 hectare bio-estate near Cheverny for its naturally sparkling and superior blends of the Cot grape,  Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau in Vouvray has a very charming cellar where tasting of the affordable and sparkling Vouvray and dry Chenins even more of a pleasure.  Les Caves du Père Auguste is located in Civray-de-Touraine and offers a variety of white, red, rosé and sparkling wines.  Last but not least is Domaine Sauvète in Monthou-sur-Cher where the estate is the work of four generations from the same family who are truly passionate about producing natural, organic wines. They grow a number of varieties, from Sauvignon to Gamay, to produce many different styles of wine.

For tailor-made advice on wine and golf holidays in the Loire and elsewhere in France, speak to Morgan Clarke on 01277 284284 or email morgan@golfplanetholidays.com.  He can build a tour just for you and also arrange private transfers to and from the vineyards or, for a wholly immersive experience, an expert Sommelier to be your chauffeur throughout the holiday, taking you to and from the vineyards and being your personal guide and also transfers to and from the golf courses.

For further information on our wine and golf holidays, including vineyards with accommodation and hotels ideally-placed for the wineries, visit
www.frenchgolfholidays.com/golfandmore/golfandwine.com

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